THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Nov. 7---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day
Mon., Nov. 7---WBasketball---UCSD at SDSU (exhib.)---5:00 PM
Tue., Nov. 8---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day
Wed., Nov. 9---MWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 9---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 10---MTennis---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Classic---All Day
Fri., Nov. 11---MTennis---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Classic---All Day
Fri., Nov. 11---WBasketball---UCSD at GNAC/CCAA Crossover Classic---1:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 11---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 12---MTennis---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara Classic---All Day
Sat., Nov. 12---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Sunset San Diego---10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 12---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. S.F. Olympic Club---Noon
Sat., Nov. 12---Swimming---UCSD at University of San Diego (W)---Noon
Sat., Nov. 12---WBasketball---UCSD at GNAC/CCAA Crossover Classic---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 12---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 13---WCrew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---7:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 13---WSoccer---UCSD hosts NCAA Regional---Noon
Sun., Nov. 13---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal Tech (Scrimmage)---1:00 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER TO HOST NCAA REGIONAL THIS WEEKEND
Despite hitting a bump in the road at last weekend's CCAA Championships, the No. 7-ranked Women's Soccer team (13-2-4) retained its No. 1 regional status and was selected to host NCAA first and second round games this weekend in La Jolla...In the three-team mini-tourney, CCAA champion Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State will square off Friday night with the winner facing UCSD at noon Sunday...The Tritons, last year's NCAA Division II runner-ups, will be making their 11th NCAA appearance in 12 years at the D-II level...They have won a pair of D-II national crowns and seven NCAA titles total under McManus.
After giving up just four goals in its 18 regular season games, the Tritons surrendered two in the first half of Friday's, 2-1, CCAA Championship semi-final loss to Cal State Stanislaus...Coach Brian McManus's top-seeded side out-shot the host Warriors, 13-9, and earned six corners while yielding only one but was unable to dent the home team's goal until the 85th minute when senior Sarah McTigue headed the ball home from short range following a goal front scramble...But McTigue's team-leading eighth of the season still left the Tritons one goal back, thanks to a pair of unusual Stanislaus scores...The first came at 17:24 courtesy of gusty conditions that caused CCAA Defensive Player of the Year Kristin Armstrong to mis-judge her approach to a high floating boot that hung up in the wind...The second, five minutes before halftime, resulted when Armstrong was unable to beat speedy Warrior forward Karenee Demery in a race to a through ball.
Earlier in the week, five Tritons-Armstrong, McTigue, Annie Wethe, Shelby Wong and Hayley Johnson-were named first team All-CCAA and two others, Jessica Wi and Cassie Callahan, were accorded honorable mention...McManus was named CCAA Coach of the Year, Armstrong was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Year and Callahan took home Freshman of the Year recognition.
Hear Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
VOLLEYBALL RUNS WIN STREAK TO NINE IN A ROW
With wins in its last nine matches, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team will have 12 straight in its sights when it travels to meet undefeated Cal State San Bernardino (24-0) Wednesday night and then welcomes Cal State East Bay (16-9/11-9) and Cal State Monterey Bay (9-14/6-14) RIMAC Arena this weekend to conclude the regular season...The 17th-ranked Tritons, boasting a 19-4 overall record, are 15-4 in CCAA play, third in the conference standings and have inched to within half a game of second place Sonoma State...Cal State East Bay is currently fifth and Monterey Bay sits ninth on the league ladder.
UCSD, playing particularly well in the latter stages of its current streak, hammered visiting Sonoma State, 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15) Friday night at RIMAC with middle blocker Lauren Friedenberg leading the way...The Seattle senior hit at a sterling .409 clip with a team high 10 kills...Another senior, setter Roxanne Brunsting posted a solid line that included eight kills, 17 assists, seven digs, two solo blocks and four block assists...Two Brunsting kills broke a 20-all tie and pushed UCSD to its game one win, the Tritons battled back from a 24-22 set point situation to win the second and freshman Lauren Demos served four consecutive points to break the third set open early.
The Tritons showed some late game mettle in both the first and third sets on the way to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 29-27) sweep of Humboldt State the next night...UCSD soundly out-hit the Lumberjacks (.269-.154) but had to stave off a pair of game points in the third to complete the whitewash...Seniors Hillary Williamson (14) and Katie Condon (12) combined for 26 kills while Brunsting (21) and freshman Amber Hawthorne (22) dished out a total of 43 assists...Brunsting also dug a match high 23 balls.
Listen to Saturday night's post-game interview with Coach Ricci Luyties.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with senior Julia Freidenberg.
CROSS COUNTRY MISSES CHAMPIONSHIP BID AT REGIONALS
The end of the line for Coach Nate Garcia's 2011 Cross Country teams arrived Saturday at the NCAA West Regionals in Spokane, WA...In an event where the top four teams of each gender advance to the NCAA Championships, the UCSD women, seeded seventh going in, placed eighth in the 27-team field, up six slots from last season...Meanwhile, the Triton men were ninth out of 22, a one spot drop from 2010.
Sophomore Chia Chang, who over the course of the season clearly established herself as the Tritons' premier runner, turned in another excellent performance Saturday, finishing eighth in the 161-woman field, clocking 21:46 for the 6K at Plantes Ferry Regional Park...The next three Tritons across the line were all freshmen-Michelle LeRoux (29th/22:28), Dani Brabender (44th/22:57) and Alia Bales (72nd/23:40)-with senior Aaryn Kobabyashi capturing the final scoring spot, 77th, in 23:47.
No. 6 in the latest regional poll, the Triton men were again paced by junior Matt Lenehan who maintained his recent form, covering the 10K course in 32:37, leaving him 29th overall...Sophomore Kellen Levy was two places behind Lenehan in 32:41...Seniors John Svet (53rd/32:55) and Alex Corliss (59th/33:14) were next home with fast-improving sophomore Ben Rich emerging as UCSD's final point scorer, grabbing 73rd in a time of 33:46...The five men's scorers had a combined gap of 1:09.
POLO DROPS SANTA CLARA, HANGS TOUGH WITH NO. 1 UCLA
With the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships looming, Coach Denny Harper's 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team will get its final tune-ups this week, traveling to UC Irvine Wednesday and then hosting a pair of exhibition outings Saturday against Sunset San Diego and the Olympic Club at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons, now 14-8, will host the WWPA event, Nov. 17-20, the winner of which will advance to the NCAA Championships, Dec. 4-5, in Berkeley.
UCSD almost certainly iced a top two seed at the WWPA's with a 14-7 pasting of visiting Santa Clara last Friday night...With seven different players scoring goals, the Tritons raced out to a 7-2 halftime advantage and never let the 14th-ranked Broncos closer than that five-goal margin...Sophomore Josh Stiling connected for four goals, three in the third quarter, and Harper got two apiece from John Butler, Lukas Syka and Joe Dietrich...Senior goalie David Morton continued his noteworthy play, stopping 10 shots.
In cold, rainy conditions Sunday, the Tritons made No. 1 UCLA work for its 9-4 victory at Canyonview...A late second quarter goal gave the top-ranked Bruins a 5-2 halftime edge...It was 6-3 two minutes into the third period but UCLA scored the next three goals to essentially seal the outcome...Harper's charges played solid defense and got a pair of goals from senior Graham Saber while Butler and Stiling tallied once apiece...Morton turned away nine shots in the cage.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper.
TRITONS IMPRESS IN LOSS AT UC SANTA BARBARA
Despite putting in solid performances, the Swimming & Diving teams fell narrowly to Division I host UC Santa Barbara Friday...In one of the closest competitions seen in this annual UC match-up, the Triton Women won five events but came up short, 173-127...On the men's side, the Gauchos prevailed, 154-140, going 1-2-3 in the final individual event, the 400 IM, to go ahead for good...In all, the men were first in seven events.
Diving was key in both team races as Coach Michelle Casillas' unit swept all four events...Junior Tyler Runsten, NCAA runner-up on the three-meter board as a soph, was triumphant on both the one-meter (305.18 pts.) and three-meter (282.75) while Natalie Mouzooni (214.13) prevailed on the lower board for the women and Jamie Leigh Pearce was top scorer on the three-meter (226.73).
Returning NCAA champions Nick Korth and Matt Herman were both winners Friday...Korth, a sophomore, was best in both breaststrokes, leading a UCSD sweep in the 100 at 57.28 and registering a 2:03.44 in the 200...Senior Herman reigned in the 1,000 freestyle (9:43.48)...Impressive freshman Dane Stassi touched first in the 200 butterfly (1:50.98) while the 200 medley relay foursome of Korth, Stassi, Eric Owens and Blake Langland sped to a mark of 1:33.31 for UCSD's final victory.
On the women's side, senior All-American Alex Henley left town with a pair of wins, earning blue ribbons in the 200 backstroke (2:05.79) and 400 individual medley (4:29.39)...Junior teammate Emily Adamczyk captured the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.25...The Triton women will be back in action this Saturday taking on crosstown rival USD on the Toreros' Alcala Park campus.
M-BASKETBALL WINS DISNEY CLASSIC TITLE
Winning two-of-three games, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team opened its 2011-12 season last weekend by claiming the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic title last weekend at Anaheim Convention Center...The Tritons, Western Washington and Chestnut Hill all finished with identical, 2-1, records with UCSD prevailing by virtue of the better point differential...Carlson & Co. will next scrimmage D-III Cal Tech this Sunday afternoon before getting back to regular season action vs. Academy of Art on Nov. 19.
Shooting a blistering 61.1% (11-18) from three-point land and nearly 59% overall, UCSD buried Chestnut Hill (PA), 102-74, in Friday's Disney opener...Senior Christian Hatch hit 10-of-14 from the floor and racked up 26 points while Mike Meza (19 pts.) and Tyler McGrath (14) cleaned up from the outside, canning 9-of-12 treys between them...The Tritons were solid on both ends of the court, holding the Griffins to just 35.5% shooting and winning the battle of the boards, 46-24, junior Justin Brue leading the way with eight...The 102 points matched the highest total scored in a single game during the Carlson era (the other was a three-OT contest vs. Cal State L.A. in 2007-08).
In round two the next night, it was a different story with Western Washington out-shooting the Tritons (47.5% to 43.3%) and hitting over 45% from beyond the arc en route to a 78-68 win...The dependable Hatch accounted for 18 points and eight rebounds... Sophomore guard Matt Bailey chipped in with 10 points and Brue snatched another eight rebounds but UCSD slumped from long range, nailing just 4-of-14 three point attempts.
Hatch and Brue both rang up 16 points as UCSD held on for a 78-73 victory over Dominican in the third and final game in Anaheim Sunday...Brue sank 6-of-10 field goal attempts, Hatch connected on 10-of-11 from the charity stripe and the pair combined for 15 rebounds on the night...It was a bit of a schizophrenic contest as the Tritons built up a 13-pt. first half margin, watched Dominican forge a tie less than five minutes after intermission, then roared back to a 15-pt. advantage, only to see the Penguins close the gap to three points in the final minutes before finally capitulating...UCSD shot 55.6% on the night with McGrath contributing 13 points and Meza hitting all three treys and scoring 11.
Hatch was named tournament MVP and joined on the all-tourney team by Meza.
W-BASKETBALL DEBUTS VS. SEATTLE PACIFIC, WESTERN WASHINGTON
Coach Charity Elliott starts her fifth year at the helm of the Women's Basketball team this weekend at the GNAC/CCAA Crossover Classic in Northern California... Picked as the favorite in the CCAA by conference coaches and ranked as high as ninth nationally in pre-season polls, the Tritons will get a pair of tough tests right out of the gate when they face Seattle Pacific Friday at San Francisco State and then Western Washington the next afternoon at Cal State East Bay...UCSD finished the 2010-11 campaign at 20-11 while SPU and WWU were 20-9 and 26-4 respectively...Two of the Tritons' losses were to SPU and WWU teams at SPU's Sodexo Classic.
Last Tuesday in Palo Alto, UCSD got some rude treatment from perennial D-I power Stanford as the Cardinal rolled past the Tritons, 106-56 in second of three pre-season exhibitions for Elliott's club...Senior Chelsea Carlisle scored 11 and had two assists for UCSD...The Tritons' final exhibition will be tonight at San Diego State.
NEWS & NOTES
This Week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, NCAA swimming champion Nick Korth and senior Chelsea Carlisle from the Women's Basketball team.
Sophomores Cory Wolfrom and Alec Arsht of the Men's Soccer team gained all-conference recognition last week...Wolfrom garnered All-CCAA second team honors while Arsht was an honorable mention choice in voting of the league's coaches.
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team looks to finish its fall season on a high note when it travels to Northern California for the eight-team Sonoma Invitational in Santa Rosa...The 54-hole event opens today with two rounds at 6,711-yd., par 71 Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club and four other CCAA squads, including defending NCAA Champion Cal State Monterey Bay will, be in the field...The Triton roster will feature sophomores Lewis Simon, David Smith, Jacob Williams and Fredrik Palmer as well as freshman Jay Lim.
At UCLA last weekend, Chapman Chan, Devon Sousa and Austin West of the Men's Tennis team all played their way into the main singles draw and the duo of Junya Yoshida and Sam Ling did the same in doubles at the Southern California Intercollegiates...None,however, were able to advance past the first round of the ultra-competitive event...The Tritons finish up their fall schedule this weekend at the UC Santa Barbara Classic.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew got its first taste of collegiate competition last weekend, racing at both the Head of the Marina, Saturday in Marina del Rey and the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival Sunday...In windy conditons at MDR, the Triton varsity eights ran second and third behind Oklahoma, while the novice eight was third in a six-boat all D-I field and the varsity four was fifth out of eight entries...In the rain Sunday, the Tritons battled not only the elements but crazy traffic on the water which effected two events...The V-8 wound up 24th after being cut off in mid-race but the second V-8 placed 17th.
Also at Newport was Zach Johnson's Men's Crew which entered a pair of "equal" boats in the Open Eight...Battling against some of the top crews in the country, UCSD finished 12th and 15th, roughly a minute and a half behind front-running Cal, but in ahead of USD, UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara among others.
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team ran roughshod over the Collegiate Open
at UC Irvine last weekend, taking five individual "golds" and sweeping three of the six divisions...First place finishers were sophomore Bryson Abilay (m-sabre), sophomore Munira Gesner (w-sabre), senior Michael Fong (m-foil), sophomore Amrit Khalsa (w-foil) and freshman Adam Campbell-Kruger (m-epee).
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